I was never a huge fan of 2EYES, but I did really like their first single, 2013’s “Don’t Mess With Me.” I was also fascinated by how such a low budget nothing of a group was able to land a recurring role on SNL Korea, and then later appear on MBC’s Secret Weapon Her after two years of total irrelevancy.
The girls returned today, minus their least attractive member but with a much bigger budget than before. Their new single, “PIPPI,” was produced by Duble Sidekick, and its accompanying music video is a glossy, professional effort–unlike their first MV, which looked like it was shot on a discontinued cell phone in the murder house from Na Hong-jin’s The Chaser.
Once “PIPPI” hit the 53-seconds mark I knew straight away that it was a Duble Sidekick production without even having to check the credits. DS probably cooked it up early last year and shopped it to BESTie, who promptly turned it down because their music is actually good and they wouldn’t be caught dead doing a Pippi Longstocking concept.
Actually, scratch that: BESTie would do a Pippi Longstocking concept, they’d just channel the modern Pippi, who is now a porn star and topless songstress.
At the end of the day, “PIPPI” works best as a novelty, so enjoying this comeback will mostly depend on how deep you go with your ironic stanning. You’ll either hate it for being stupid and annoying, or love it for being a ridiculous, somewhat catchy BESTie throwaway.
Personally, it’s not doing much for me, which is kind of disappointing. I feel like a bunch of pretty nugus dressed like Pippi Longstocking and pulling their pigtails while chanting “PIPPI” over and over should be right up my alley as a trash-pop lover.
Maybe it’s a grower, but until then, meh.